Champion sire Redoute’s Choice sired his second European juvenile winner within a week when Night Garden won the Prix Respe (1400m) at Clairefontaine on Monday.
Night Garden (2f Redoute’s Choice – Wild Queen by Loup Sauvage) is trained by Andre Fabre for Sheikh Mohammed. She scored by a half-length from Affolante (Whywhywhy) with a similar margin to Dardenelles (Rock Of Gibraltar) in third place.
Night Garden is a daughter of Wild Queen who was a G3 winner of the STC Millie Fox Stakes and Hawkesbury Cup. She was one of several mares covered by Redoute’s Choice to northern-hemisphere time at Arrowfield Stud in 2008.
Rakasa had opened his 2011 two year-old account in Europe in the Markel International Stakes at Goodwood last Wednesday. She is trained for Sheikh Mohammed by Mahmood Al Zarooni.
Rakasa (2f Redoute´s Choice – Danse Arabe by Seeking The Gold) is out of a half-sister to G1 French 1000 Guineas winner Valentine Waltz.
Redoute’s Choice is no stranger to success with his three year-olds in Europe this year. Elzaam captured the LR Carnarvon Stakes by six lengths at Newbury on May 13 and Tazahum won the LR Heron Stakes at Sandown a fortnight later.
Both colts are raced by Sheikh Hamdan. He bred Tazahum and purchased Elzaam at the 2009 Arqana August yearling sale for 280,000 euros.
Redoute’s Choice will stand the 2011 southern hemisphere season for a fee of $137,500 (inc gst).
Arrowfield’s champion sire will have up to 9 lots at the inaugural session of northern-hemisphere bred yearlings at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale.